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The Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) is an annual convention for the discussion of free and open source software used with graphics; The first Libre Graphics Meeting was held in May 2006.[1] Communities from Inkscape, GIMP, Scribus, sK1, Blender, Open Clip Art Library, Open Font Library and more come together through the Create Project to assemble this annual conference. It was co-founded by Dave Neary and Dave Odin.



Held yearly since 2006 the Libre Graphics Meeting aims to attract developers, artists and professionals[2] who use and improve free and open source software graphics applications. LGM aims to bring these people together in the cause of creating high quality free graphics applications; By collaborating it allows the development of cross-application assets like brushes and enhanced interoperability such as shared file formats.[3]

Many of the separate groups take the opportunity to hold birds of a feather (BOF) sessions, for many individuals it is the only time they will get to see their team members in person.


Many things are discussed at each Libre Graphics Meeting, including usability, standards, announcements, color management and furthering the use of free software graphics applications in professional environments..


Kinematic templates

At the University of Waterloo some original research was done in the field of creating drawing aids for graphics applications. The aim was to allow an artist to draw using templates that would improve the shape or correctness of a brush stroke while maintaining a natural look. This presentation was given by Michael Terry, the lead researcher on the project. [4]

Professional adoption

Ginger Coons gave a presentation at LGM 2009 discussing what it will take to get free software graphics applications in the doors of professional environments and schools [5]


As well as cross pollination of ideas the Libre Graphics Meeting allows the discussion of possible future collaboration.

Louis Suárez-Potts, OpenOffice.orgs Community Development Manager and Community Lead was sent to the Libre Graphics Meeting in 2007 to find ways that might be able to transcend the boundaries of a traditional office suite by collaborating with other open source projects. One of the ways that has been suggested at LGM 2007 was that open office could suggest another open source application when it could not perform the role a user required. For example when a user needed to edit an image in an office document, may suggest GIMP could fill the role required. [6]

Specific Libre Graphics Meetings

Year Dates Held Location External Links Notes
2006 March 17 to March 19 Lyon, France Website held at Ecole d'Ingénieurs CPE.
2007 May 4 to May 6 Montreal, Canada Website and Video Recordings held at École Polytechnique de Montréal.
2008 May 8 to May 11 Wrocław, Poland Website and Video Recordings held at Wrocław University of Technology.
2009 May 6 to May 9 Montreal, Canada Website and Video Recordings held at École Polytechnique de Montréal.
2010 May 2010 Brussels, Belgium Website

Main achievements

  • Addition of color management to GIMP and Inkscape.[citation needed]
  • OpenRaster initiative to develop an exchange file format for raster graphics, currently supported by Krita, GEGL and MyPaint.
  • Start of the UniConvertor project to provide Corel DRAW and WMF importers for Scribus, Inkscape and any other project willing to use them. [7]
  • KDE4 graphics software now uses LibRaw instead of DCRaw to process Raw files, which is intended to achieve more consistent demosaicing, faster processing using OpenMP and better metadata extraction[8].
  • LensFun library to automatically fix various lens distortions[9][10].

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